The Hendrick Motorsports duo of Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott emerged as legitimate contenders in the first round of NASCAR’s playoff, but in the end it was Furniture Row Racing‘s Martin Truex, Jr., that took the lead shortly after the final restart to claim his third win of the year. However, the success of both teams came with a bit of controversy when both Truex and Johnson failed post-race LIS inspection.
Truex’s victory will still advance his team to the Round of 12, but was it enough to elevate the New Jersey driver to the top of the power rankings?
POWER RANKINGS: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 Edition
1. MARTIN TRUEX, JR. (90 POINTS, Prev. Unranked)
2. BRAD KESELOWSKI (83 POINTS, No Change)
3. JOEY LOGANO (74 POINTS, +3)
4. KYLE BUSCH (63 POINTS, No Change)
5. KEVIN HARVICK (51 POINTS, -4)
6. DENNY HAMLIN (46 POINTS, -1)
“Does the Richmond win mean that he has his flat track mojo back? New Hampshire will be a very good race for the No. 11 team if he does.” – Gable
7. CHASE ELLIOTT (31 POINTS, +3)
8. CARL EDWARDS (30 POINTS, -5)
9. MATT KENSETH (22 POINTS, Prev. Unranked)
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
These two drivers look like they’ll be on the right side of the bubble going into New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but they aren’t quite where they need to be yet, both on-track and in our power rankings.
Jimmie Johnson (114 Points) – “Throwing away a race with a speeding penalty? Bad. Throwing away a race with a speeding penalty with a cheated car?” Cringeworthy.” – Bearden
Jamie McMurray (11 Points) – “Keep an eye on him. Whether or not he advances could come right down to the wire, as it did last year.” – Gable
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How they’re made: Following the conclusion of each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, members of a voting panel, including Frontstretch writers, members of accredited media including Motorsport, NASCAR and USA Today, as well as writers from other sites and social media favorites, submit their top 10 drivers for the Power Rankings. The drivers are then given points based off their position, with first place getting 10 points, and each subsequent driver getting one fewer point until the 10th-place driver, who gets a lone point. Points are then tallied, and the rankings are created.
Do you agree with our rankings? Think someone got snubbed, or that one of the top drivers is overrated? Let us know in the comments, and tell others what your top 10 would be.